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    First year for maker William Madison Rouse.

    1836 Charleston SERVANT Slave Hire Badge. Number 938. A flat diamond-shaped tag with clipped corners and a hole at the top for suspension. 66mm x 68mm. Manufactured by William Madison Rouse. The elements on the obverse are as follows (top to bottom): "*CHARLESTON*" in a lunate bar punch; "1836" bar punched; "SERVANT" in a rectangular punch inside a dotted border; and an incuse "938" in individual punches. The appearance is about fine with a somewhat mottled surface and dark brown patina. Excavated in Charleston, December 2001.

    This was the first year that Rouse, a silversmith, received the city's contract. He used a different and smaller typeface than his predecessors for the badges and dropped the "No" punch. It is estimated that there were 3,707 badges manufactured with the 1836 date.


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    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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